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SHRM and DOL to Host Summit on Shortage of Skilled Workers in Manufacturing

   4/19/2012

SHRM and DOL to Host Summit on Shortage of Skilled Workers in Manufacturing
Interactive workshop on hiring challenges, solutions opens SHRM’s annual conference June 24 in Atlanta

Alexandria, Va., April 19, 2012 — The Society for Human Resource Management and the U.S. Department of Labor are teaming up to bring their expertise to an issue facing American employers — the skills gap in hiring.

A June 24 summit on the skills gap and solutions specifically for the manufacturing industry will bring together experts on the issue and human resources leaders. The summit will kick off SHRM’s 2012 Annual Conference and Exposition in Atlanta.

What: “Keeping America Competitive: Addressing the Skills Gap in Manufacturing,” an interactive session for HR leaders on effective practices, resources and support to overcome the difficulty in finding and recruiting workers with the skills required by specific jobs.

When: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sunday, June 24

Where: Rooms B401-B402, Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta

Details: In a SHRM survey, three-quarters of respondents from the manufacturing industry said they were hiring. Of them, more than two-thirds (68 percent) indicated that their organizations were having a difficult time recruiting for specific job openings. The most difficult jobs to fill were high-skilled technical positions, engineers and skilled trades (electricians and carpenters).

The summit will feature comments from SHRM’s President and CEO Henry G. (Hank) Jackson; Kathy Martinez, assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy; and Jane Oates, assistant secretary of labor for employment and training.

The program includes an interactive discussion about the challenges facing employers and presentations on:

• America’s skills gap and the state of manufacturing, which will be moderated by Mark Schmit, SHRM’s vice president of research;
• Tools and resources for employers;
• Community-based programs and solutions.

For more information, visit http://annual.shrm.org/manufacturing-summit. Twitter hashtag: #SHRM12.

Media: Press coverage is welcomed. For press credentials for the June 24 event and SHRM’s annual conference, contact Kate Kennedy of SHRM Media Affairs at 703-535-6260 and Kate.kennedy@shrm.org or Jennifer Hughes at 703-535- 6072 and Jennifer.hughes@shrm.org.

About the Society for Human Resource Management
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing about 260,000 members in more than 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China and India. Visit SHRM Online at www.shrm.org
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